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Thailand -- Thailandís pressure to tighten up on Thai-based anti-Rangoon activists from Burma forced Burmese ethnic minority groups, pro-democracy groups, and aid worker sheltering in Thailand to stay low key. Thai-Burmese ties have been tense because of what Burmaís capital, Rangoon, sees as Thai support for some of its enemies.

London-based Amnesty International reports that Burma's army is subjecting the Shan, Mon, and Karen ethnic groups to forced labor, extortion, and land confiscation, and that civilians accused of collaborating with ethnic rebels continue to be killed and tortured in the country.

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